Oral Health Knowledge, Attitude and Practice among Indian Preschool Teachers

Abhishek Purohit, Garima Nichlani, Gaurav Patil, Fariha Rizvi, Garima Uikey, Bharathi M Purohit
2016 SM Dentistry Journal  
Aim & Objective: Schools are the valuable platform for promotion of oral health and preschool teachers can prove to be beneficial in disseminating oral health education for children because of the vulnerability to dental diseases during this period. Hence, the objective of the study was to evaluate the oral health knowledge, attitude and self-practices of the preschool teachers. Material and Method: A cross sectional study was conducted among hundred preschool teachers in Bhopal, India. Schools
more » ... were randomly selected and the teachers were invited to participate in the study. Results: Ninety five percent school teachers had knowledge about importance of oral health care for children. 92.1% of them felt it is important to prevent deciduous teeth from caries. 80.2% of them were aware of the different aids used in oral health care of children like rinsing mouth with water, tooth brushing, tongue cleaning and mouthwashes; 91.1% of the teachers advised the child to rinse his/her mouth after meals, 81.2% knew a child should brush his / her teeth twice daily and 68.3% of them reported about the dental problem in the child to his/her parent. 57.4% responded that the amount of toothpaste applied over the toothbrush for children should be pea sized and 51.5% responded circular technique should be used while brushing the teeth of children. Conclusion: Preschool teachers possess satisfactory knowledge regarding dental caries and few of them knew about the importance of regular visit to the dentist. Most of the schools were not linked with a dental school for children's regular dental checkup and most of the preschool teacher's required training in oral health care of children.
doi:10.36876/smd.1007 fatcat:zh2zj7oxyvakhaqmirk477a234